We're committed to sourcing ethical diamonds, the mining of which we know hasn't resulted in environmental damage or violation of human rights. Diamonds can travel through the hands of many dealers until they reach their final destination in a beautiful piece of jewellery. For us, it's vital that we can trace ours back through these long and fragmented journeys to their source. Knowing a diamond's country and mine of origin is key to defining its sustainable credentials.
We work with carefully selected and trusted diamond suppliers to ensure that the stones we use in our pieces are always conflict-free. Regardless of size, all of our diamonds are Kimberley Certified; a label set up in 2003 to prevent blood diamonds from entering the market.
However, we know that the Kimberly Certification can be difficult to validate. Many diamonds are marketed as 'conflict-free' without sufficient tracking information to back the claim. That's why we go above and beyond the Kimberley Certification - and how we can promise that our newly-mined diamonds have no ties to corruption or exploitation.
Nearly all of the newly-mined diamonds we set in our sparkling pieces are traceable Canadian diamonds. These traceable stones arrive accompanied with a GIA certificate or similar and are engraved with the Canada Mark, an independently verified certification that assures you the diamond is of Canadian origin and has been mined under strict Canadian regulations.
On the rare occasion that we can't source you a stone from Canada because of size or cut availability, what we use instead are traceable and conflict-free African diamonds, mined in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. These come from DeBeers mines and are segregated throughout the supply chain in special parcels so their specific origin can be assured. The regulations under which these stones are mined vary from country to country, so we call these semi-traceable diamonds.
If stone origin and traceability are your main concerns, then a newly-mined diamond of Canadian or African origin is the choice for you.
Global warming has reached crisis point. That’s why we're trying to incorporate into our pieces, now more so than ever before, gemstones already above the ground. No matter how fairly traded or carefully sourced, newly mined materials use up valuable resources. It’s vital that we slow down the rate at which we’re consuming water, land and energy. We'll never stop supporting small-scale miners, because they still need an income. But it's time to start striking a balance.
Alongside our newly-mined, conflict-free diamonds of Canadian and African origin, expect to start seeing beautiful recycled diamonds available to you when shopping our jewels.
By the nature of vintage, our reclaimed diamonds don't come with origin assured. We understand that this lack of traceability doesn't sit comfortably with everyone, and that's fine. The beauty of recycling diamonds, however, is in minimising the need for further mining - offering a beautiful unearthed gem a second lease of life instead. If environmental sustainability is your priority, recycled diamonds are the choice for you.
All of our reclaimed diamonds come with an assurance of quality from our supplier and are thoroughly checked by our in-house gemmologist. Thorough assessment in the first instance ensures that scratches and marks are minimal.
The recycled diamonds we offer are either early modern brilliant cut or transitional cut. These antique cuts of diamond boast a depth of sparkle that cannot be matched by the surface sparkle of a modern cut diamond; they draw the eye inward. Because most antique diamonds are cut by hand, they possess an individuality and character that can’t be emulated. Each reclaimed stone is unique and full of personality; and we love them for that.
If we land upon a few different sparkling options for your diamond ring, we’ll contact you to help us choose which looks best.